but let's talk about how we get there. we have come together tonight against the backdrop of national discourse that has plundered into racial epithets, homophobia, threats to the lives of elected officials, their families, and my former colleagues being spat upon. that is how the conversation has deteriorated. by starting point is that a thriving democracy is based upon an informed electorate. when the rhetoric is polarized, dangerous, and threatening, filled with polemic, about gamesmanship and not substance, where does the public to go to get a clear, compelling, unencumbered awareness of what is going on? we all have to deal with this.